Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 3/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-4.5)
Amalie Arena is the site where and the Toronto Raptors (18-26) will take on the Phoenix Suns (29-14) on Friday. The line on this matchup has Phoenix as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 227.
The Phoenix Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Orlando Magic and ended up losing by a score of 112-111 in their last game. Phoenix wrapped up the contest having earned a 44.4% field goal percentage (40 out of 90) and converted 11 of 33 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Suns made 20 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. In regard to rebounding, they earned a total of 47 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 22 assists for the game in addition to forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 9 steals. Concerning defending, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 46.7% from the floor on 42 out of 90 shooting. Orlando totaled 18 assists and had 3 steals in this game. In addition, Orlando had 49 rebounds (9 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Orlando finished the contest at 78.9% at the charity stripe by making 15 of 19 tries. They also buried 13 of their 37 tries from distance.
Devin Booker is one player who played a role for the matchup. He totaled 25 points on 9 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32:28 mins and grabbed 7 boards. Booker finished the game shooting 42.9% from the field and distributed 7 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in this matchup for the Suns was Chris Paul. He pulled down 6 rebounds in his 32:24 min on the basketball court. He shot 53.3% from the field in the game via 8-of-15 (23 points). When the final whistle was blown, Paul totaled 7 assists.
Phoenix will take the court with a record of 29-14 on the season. The Suns are connecting on 38.2% on three-point shots (565 of 1,480) and 83.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.9 points per game (11th in basketball) while shooting 48.9% from the field. They are turning it over 13.1 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, Phoenix is collecting 43.4 boards per game and has totaled 1,172 assists on the year, which is 4th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Suns have forced 13.2 turnovers every game while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. They are ranked 1st in the league in giving up assists with 937 relinquished on the year. The Suns defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.8% (567 of 770) and they relinquish 43.2 rebounds per game as a unit. They are giving up 34.4% on 3-pointers while they are 3rd in the league in PPG allowed (107.4).
In their last game, the Toronto Raptors went home victorious with a score of 135-111 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Raptors earned 36 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 45 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 9 times, while earning 3 steals for this contest. The Nuggets had 19 personal fouls for the game which took the Raptors to the charity stripe for 23 tries. They were able to make 21 of the free throw tries for a clip of 91.3%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, Toronto made 24 of 48 attempts (50.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Raptors went 45 for 89 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.6%. The Raptors allowed the Nuggets to make 41 of their 98 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.8% for this game. They finished 32.6% from behind the 3-point line by going 14 of 43 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 18 at the charity stripe (83.3%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Toronto allowed Denver to grab 46 in total (17 on the offensive glass).
Pascal Siakam was important for the Raptors in this contest. He knocked down 8 of 16 for this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 8 rebounds. Siakam earned 27 points in his 34:38 mins on the court and tallied 6 assists in this contest. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Toronto was OG Anunoby. He wrapped the game up with 3 assists in 28:13 minutes on the court, and he converted 8 of 16 from the floor. Anunoby ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor while notching 23 points and 6 boards.
Toronto has a mark of 18-26 this season. The Raptors are committing 22.3 personal fouls every game while shooting 82.7% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 25.1 times per game (13th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. Toronto has tallied 4,949 pts on the campaign (112.5 per game) and they average 41.1 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Raptors are hitting on 44.8% from the field, which ranks 25th in the league. The Raptors are ranked 18th in the league in points given up per game with 112.4. They are forcing their opponents into 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (10th in basketball). The Toronto defense gives up 37.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (625 of 1,660) and their opposition makes 79.5% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 26.6 dimes and 46.0 boards per game, ranking them 27th and 23rd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (+4.5)
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